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Islamic University Revokes Suspension of Lecturers

The Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU) has revoked the suspension of lecturers as earlier communicated. The university had suspended all its staff on May 13 pending further directives on reopening of learning by government.

University rector Dr Ahmed Kaweesa Ssengendo made the revelation during a press briefing at Kibuli campus on Tuesday.

“Following President Yoweri Museveni’s directive permitting universities to resume teaching only students who are in their final year of study starting June 2, the suspension of all staff contracts is accordingly lifted,” Ssengendo said.

According to the suspension letters seen by this website, the university secretary Hussein Lukyamuzi had noted that the university was unable to continue paying salaries of its staff and also meet its other obligations due to unplanned closure.

Ssengendo has, however, assured the lecturers that their salary arrears will be paid by May 22

“In spite of the fact that most of the staff stopped working since the lockdown in March, the University has been paying their salaries and the staff welfare will continue to be one of the management’s top priorities as it has been since 2004,” Ssengendo noted.

Ssengendo admitted that the university has financially been constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Ssengendo said that most of the students had not yet paid tuition by the time of the untimely closure.

“No doubt, like all other institutions in the country and world over, IUIU has been negatively affected by COVID-19 pandemic and we have to work together to mitigate these effects to ensure that the university continues to deliver on its mandate as envisaged by the Organisation of Islamic Corporation (OIC),” Ssengendo noted.